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Rampage edge Barons, close gap

SAN ANTONIO 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 3
Bracken Kearns tallied a pair of goals and Mathieu Beaudoin doled out a trio of assists as San Antonio earned a crucial 4-3 win over visiting Oklahoma City on Thursday at the AT&T Center.

The Rampage halted a brief two-game winless skid (0-1-1-0) and moved within a point of idle Chicago for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio still holds four games in hand on the Wolves.

Former AHL MVP and Calder Cup champion Randy Robitaille registered a goal and an assist for San Antonio, and Viktor Tikhonov rounded out the Rampage’s offense.

Dane Byers chipped in two helpers in the winning effort, and goaltender Matt Climie (23-17-0) secured the victory with 24 stops between the pipes.

Matt Marquardt, Mark Arcobello, and Chris Vandevelde netted goals for the Barons, who remained three points back of Chicago for a playoff spot.

Oklahoma City will host Grand Rapids in a two-game set this weekend before embarking on a challenging nine-game road trip which will take the Barons into the month of April.